17th Century Silver Porringer made by Jeremiah Dummer for Gardner Turner Bowditch Family
Recently I covered a series on the GARDINER, INGERSOLL, TURNER, BOWDITCH, HATHORNE/HAWTHORNE, WALCOTT, BERRY, GERRISH, PUTNAM, LINDALL, DERBY, GRAFTON, KITCHEN and other allied families. LINKS to articles below.
From The MFA Buhler Catalogue: Probably Abigail Gardner, spinster; her sister's son Ebenezer Bowditch (1702/3-1768), married Mary Turner (1706-1785) in 1728; descended in family to Mrs. Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, from whom it was bought in April 1955 for $500.
Made by Jeremiah Dummer (American, 1645–1718) around 1670–80. Dummer was the first American-born silversmith, whose works are today highly valued, two items of his having sold in 2004 and 2007 both for $204,000. He was also noted as a portrait painter and as an engraver, who created the first paper currency in Connecticut Colony. From Encyclopedia Britannica----https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jeremiah-Dummer
Porringer, c. 1665–1670. Engraved "NG" for Nabby (Abigail) Gardner and "B over E M" for Ebenezer and Mary [Turner] Bowditch. The handle design is believed to be unique in American silver.
Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States Permission to publish from MFA